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Yeah its a supa fruit, supa fruit, it’s supa fruitay!

I’m feeling a little fruity today.  I just love all the different flavors; sweet, tangy and delicious.  It’s like a party for your tastebuds.  However, according to certain marketers, not all fruit is created equal.  Some fruits have super powers…

Some fruits are supposed to contain antioxidants that are allegedly better at fighting cancer, reversing aging, lowering bloodsugar etc… than others.

Commonly mentioned superfruits

Apples (Malus domestica), oranges (Citrus sinensis), tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) and common berries, such as strawberries (Fragaria vesca), red raspberries (Rubus idaeus) and blackberries (Rubus ursinus) used for a large number of consumer products, achieve many of the criteria to be superfruits. They are, however, commonly known in the public and have not attracted interest as novelty ingredients, so are not usually included in industry reports as superfruits.

via Wikipedia

I am of the belief, however, that all fruits are super.  They all contain antioxidants and huge amounts of vitamins and minerals.  Some fruits contain more of a certain vitamin or antioxidant than others but the others make up for it by containing a higher concentration of another vitamin or antioxidant.  It all balances out in the end.  As long as a person is eating tons of that fruity goodness, they should be covered.

If you’re convinced of the powers of the superfruits, we have a variety of them here at the store.  Whole goji, blueberries, cherries, currants, and cranberries.  We also carry a few of the juices, like acai, mangostein and pomegranite.  And… we have some in capsules too!

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or 159 S. Corner Ave, Idaho Falls

❤ Sarah

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*Note: I’m not a doctor. This is not medical advice, nor is it a prescription. If you’re sick or starting a new vitamin regimine, talk to your doctor.

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[tweetmeme source=”your_twitter_name” only_single=false http://www.URL.com] It’s 2:30 in the afternoon and your eyelids are trying to slam shut.  You’re yawning, stretching and falling asleep at your desk.  Repeat at 3:30, 4:30 etc…  You dread waking up the next day because you know it’ll be hard to get out of bed and you know you’ll go through the same thing.  So you drink an energy drink first thing, maybe right after breakfast.  It peps you up for a little bit but soon you’re just as tired, if not more so, than the day before.  How are you supposed to function like that?

Fatugue is one of the most common medical complaints.  Every day millions of people suffer from this affliction and they don’t know how to fix it.  They don’t know where it comes from.  They get fed up and go to the doctor who prescribes them some uppers or anti-depressants in the hopes that the fatigue might magically dissapear.  But it never does.  As soon as a person stops using the drugs or energy drinks, the fatigue returns like a creepy stalker.  Too bad there’s no such thing as a restraining order for medical maladies!

When we get super stressed out, eat the wrong foods, don’t get the right amount of sleep etc, etc… our bodies use up our B vitamins that keep us going.  After a little while it can feel like you’re running on empty.  This is called Adrenal Fatigue.

The main purpose of your adrenals is to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and disease to work and relationship problems. They largely determine the energy of your body’s responses to every change in your internal and external environment. Whether they signal attack, retreat or surrender, every cell responds accordingly, and you feel the results. It is through the actions of the adrenal hormones that your body is able to mobilize its resources to escape or fight off danger (stress) and survive. In a more primitive society that would mean being able to run away quickly, fight or pursue an enemy or game, endure long periods of physical challenge and deprivation, and store up physical reserves when they are available. In modern society, these same responses are triggered by such circumstances as a difficult boss, air pollution, family quarrels, financial problems, too little sleep (see Related Health Conditions – Sleep Disruptions)*, illness (see Related Health Conditions – Chronic Infections)* and overindulgence in or sensitivities to food (see Related Health Conditions – Allergies)* or drugs (see Related Health Conditions – Alcoholism and Addictions).* If your adrenal function is low, as it is in adrenal fatigue, your body has difficulty responding and adapting properly to these stresses.* This can lead to a variety of physical and psychological health problems that are themselves a further source of stress.*

via: adrenalfatigue.org

B vitamins are your stress vitamins, they feed everything in your body from your liver to your brain, adrenals to your skin. 

According to Wiki:

The B vitamins may be necessary in order to:

All B vitamins are water-soluble, and are dispersed throughout the body. Most of the B vitamins must be replenished regularly, since any excess is excreted in the urine.[4]

The sad part is that we don’t get enough B’s out of our western diets.  B’s are mostly found in whole grains, yeasts and meat products like liver, turkey, and tuna.  Since many of us tend to eat processed flours and sugars, we really don’t get enough B’s to keep us going. So what on earth are we going to do about it?  Usually when a customer comes in to the store and asks me, “If you could only sell one product what would it be?” or “If you were stuck on a desert island with one vitamin, what would it be?”

Every single time I have the same answer: a B-complex 50 or higher. My number 1 favorite? Our very own DC brand B-Complex 100.  It’s allergen free so those of us with food allergies can eat ’em up too!

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or 159 S. Corner Ave, Idaho Falls.

❤ Sarah

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*Note: I’m not a doctor. This is not medical advice, nor is it a prescription. If you’re sick or starting a new vitamin regimine, talk to your doctor.

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[tweetmeme source=”your_twitter_name” only_single=false http://www.URL.com] I wrote a post a little while ago about food allergies that became quite popular.  So I thought I’d do a couple of follow up posts on specific common food allergies.  How’s that grab ya? Today let’s focus on Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance. 

According to Dictionary.com Celiac Disease is:

–noun
 a hereditary digestive disorder involving intolerance to gluten, usually occurring in young children, characterized by marked abdominal distention, malnutrition, wasting, and the passage of large, fatty, malodorous stools.
Ok, so the last part of that was pretty yicky, but it’s one sign to look for when considering whether or not you may have Celiac Disease.  Here in the store, a majority of our customers with Celiac complain of intense stomach pain.  Oh, and most of them are not children.  Sorry Dictionary.com!  Celiac sufferers complain that everything they eat makes them sick.  Wanna know why?  Because wheat or other grains containing gluten are used in almost everything that is commercially available.  All those yummy snacks at the grocery store are lurking and waiting to attack your guts like evil ninjas!

Overcoming Celiac and Gluten Intolerance is a hard hill to climb but it can be done.  It takes lots of will power and a little creativity.  The first step is to do research and see what foods are ok to eat.  The Celiac Sprue Association has a fantastic list of grains that are safe to ingest.  Here’s a short sample:

 
Consistent with a gluten-free diet at this time. Questionable due to content, contact, or contamination. NOT CONSISTENT WITH A GLUTEN-FREE DIET AT THIS TIME.
 
 
acorn [Quercus spp.] Sweet edible nut used whole or ground into flour. Flour adds flavor and fiber, but does not bind well.

almond [Prunus amygdalus] Sweet edible nut used whole or ground into flour. This flour, alone or in combination with other flours, is used in breads, cakes and pastries.

amaranth [Amaranthaceae] Many varieties; related to spinach, beets and pigweed. Tiny seeds are commercially available whole, or ground into a light brown flour with a nutty taste. Highly nutritious. Edible leaves.

arborio rice Short-grain white rice of Northern Italy used for risotto. Cooks up creamy. Similar to the California-grown short-grain variety, pearl.

aromatic rice Brown or white rice with a natural aroma and flavor similar to roasted nuts or popcorn.

arrowroot [Maranta arundinacea] Herbaceous tropical perennial. The starch, extracted from the rhizomes, is used as a thickener and blends well with gluten-free flours. Interchangeable with cornstarch.

artichoke [Cynara scolymus] Flower head of a thistle-like plant. Used cooked as a vegetable, or dried and ground into flour. Combine flour with rice, potato, and/or tapioca flour for breads and other baked goods.

BARLEY [Hordeum vulgare] The offending storage protein [prolamin] is known as hordein. BARLEY is present in many commercial products as malt, flavorings, colorings, and/or flavor enhancers. May be a part of hydrolyzed plant protein [HPP] or hydrolyzed vegetable protein [HVP].

basmati rice Very slender, long-grain, highly aromatic rice grown in India and Pakistan. High in flavor; available in brown and white forms.

beans Seeds of leguminous plants. Used whole as a cooked vegetable; pureed as a thickener, or dried and ground into flour. Many commercial gluten-free bean flours are available. (See legumes.)

besan (gram, chickpea flour) Pale yellow flour made from ground, dried chickpeas; very nutritious, high in protein. Used in doughs, dumplings, and noodles; as a thickener for sauces; and as a batter for deep fried food.

black and red rice Rare Asian rice grains with black and red husks and bran coverings. (Also cultivated in California.)

boil-in-bag rice Rice that is pre-measured, cooked, and packaged in a colander-style plastic bag for quick, convenient cooking.

bran (WHEAT, RYE, OAT, corn, rice) The meal derived from the epidermis layer or outer covering of a cereal grain.

brewer’s rice Tiny particles of rice or rice chips, primarily used as an ingredient in brewing beer or in animal feed.

brown rice Kernels of rice from which only the hull has been removed. Cooked brown rice has a slightly chewy texture and a nut-like flavor.

brown rice flour Ground form of brown rice with a nutty taste.

 buckwheat [Fagopyrum esculentum] Herb with triangular-shaped seed and black shell, used whole, cracked or ground into flour.

For the full list and some recipies, check out the CSA website. 

*A note on oats: many companies are marketing oats as a gluten-free alternative to wheat.  Oats are not gluten-free! The FDA has a point scale for foods containing gluten and many oats are genetically modified to fall under the “Gluten-free” category on the scale. So if you’re wondering why oats are causing you problems, there you have it!  Also, depending on the severity of your gluten intolerance, you may or may not be able to eat soy, hemp or sprouted grain breads.

Those of you who are suffering from Celiac and think that it’s ok to just keep suffering, think again!  If left untreated, Celiac can lead to all sorts of nasty intestinal problems like IBS or Crohn’s Disease.  Which means that you won’t get any nutrients from any food that you eat.  So if you think you might be gluten intolerant, jump up from the computer and make an appointment with your nearest N.D. (naturopathic doctor) or M.D (if you must) to get tested and discuss your options.  It’s your health.

If you are needing to stock up your pantry with gluten-free flours and grains, we have a fabulous variety here at the store, with brands like Bob’s Redmill, Guistos and Arrowhead Mills.

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or 159 S. Corner Ave. Idaho Falls

❤ Sarah

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How many oils do you have in your cupboard?  Probably just vegetable oil and/or olive oil right?

Did you know that there is a whole range of different kinds of oils with fantastically delectable flavors that you could use to cook with?  Here’s a list of oils we currently carry in the store. Prepare to get hungry…

  • Almond oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Coconut oil (smells great in deodorant, perfume, or just to cook with)
  • Corn oil
  • Grapeseed oil (which happens to make a marvelous moisturizer because it’s molecule is so small)
  • Garlic oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Palm oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Walnut oil = YUMMY! 

Each oil has a temperature range in which it cooks and tastes best. So check the label of your bottle before tipping it bottom up into that pan!  The nice thing about an oil spill like this is that all you need to clean it up is the ability to lick your plate 🙂

Tip: If you happen to cause a grease fire in your kitchen, fear not, just whip out the baking soda!  NEVER USE WATER TO PUT OUT A GREASE FIRE! Water will just spread the oil around causing an even bigger mess.

Eat up!

❤ Sarah

(208)522-6964

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This goes out to all the hip hempers out there! And all the non-hempers, listen up, there’s a great reason why you should begin chowing down on those fantastic little seeds mmmmkay?

1. They’re so packed full of the omegas and phytosterol, it’s ridiculous to think that they shouldn’t be a part of your diet.  Especially if you have cholesterol problems.

The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is about 4:1, the exact balance you find in hemp seeds.  Another important component in hemp hearts you may not know about, is that they contain phytosterals (plant sterols) . This sterol has been proven to lower cholesterol levels by as much as 13%.

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2. They have tons of vitamins and minerals in them like vitamins E and B-6 and also contain calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron.

3. Hemp seeds have an amazing little protein in it that is super digestible.  That makes them a fantastic adition to any protein shake or salad or muffin or bread or…

One of these proteins is globulin edistin (easily digestable) which works with your body to create antibodies, promoting a strong immune system. They also contain 65% globulin, the highest percentage in any plant.

4. Hemp, unlike it’s sister Marijuana, is delta-9 THC-free which means it doesn’t get you high when you eat the seeds.

5. Hemp seeds are oh-so-nutty and yumtastic! Check out this link for some fantastic recipies: http://www.hemp-guide.com/hemp-seed-nut-recipes.html

There are other products besides the seeds as well.  If you don’t like the taste of flax oil, try hemp oil. And hemp milk is my favorite dairy milk substitute! It has a thick creamy texture and it’s super yummy in cereal and tea 🙂

Right now we have shelled hemp seeds in stock.  Or if you’re looking for the oil or milk, we can order it in for you!

You know what to do : 208-522-6964

❤ Sarah

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[tweetmeme source=”your_twitter_name” only_single=false http://www.URL.com] Ode to Allergies
You make us miserable
You make us sneeze
You cause our eyes to water
And make it hard to breathe
How we wish you would just leave
Find a different place to stay
So I think I’ll take some herbs
And lay in bed today

Allergies = No Bueno.  With that being said, I’m sure I’m not the only one who wishes there were natural alternatives to the chemical laden allergy medications available over the counter and with prescription.  Those medications have tons of side effects which also = no bueno, like: dry mouth and drowsiness.  And super lucky for me that I was able to take one of these fabulous  medications this morning for my stuffed up sinuses (I love dogs but their fur and dander don’t really love me).  Here is my experience so far…

  • I’m super tired!
  • My eyes are dry
  • I wasn’t sneezing before I took the little bi-colored caps, but I sure am now!
  • I feel spacey and floaty

I sure don’t like those feelings.  And not to mention that I still feel stuffed up. Yeck.  So I did some research.  Here are some herbs that help with allergies:

Herbal Antihistamines

Stinging Nettle – This herb works very well as a natural antihistamine, without the drowsiness that comes from using many of the over-the-counter medicines that are available. Stinging nettle can be purchased in capsule form from many natural food and vitamin stores today.

Butterbur – Another herbal antihistamine, which is a harder herb to come by in the United States, but nevertheless effective as a natural means of treating allergies.

Quercetin – Is another good natural herb for allergies, and has the added benefit of acting as a natural antioxidant that can reduce the risk of some types of cancer.

Plantain – Has been used for a long time in treating respiratory complaints including cough and inflammation. It also has anti-catarrhal and antispasmodic properties.

Chamomile – According to German studies it may slow allergic reactions, such as those that trigger asthma attacks, by increasing the adrenal glands’ production of cortisone, which reduces lung inflammation and makes breathing easier.

I also remembered that when I worked here at the store a couple years ago, I had some people come through from Canada.  They purchased a bottle of Solaray Histamine Blend capsules and went on their trip to Yellowstone National Park.  On their way back to Canada, they stopped back in and bought out the whole stock because they liked it so much!

Also, whenever my nose and sinuses get stuffy, I usually take Pantothenic Acid (B5) to help clear my sinuses.  Too bad I didn’t have any on me today huh?

Are allergies getting you down?  You know what to do 🙂

(208)522-6964 or stop in at 159 S. Corner Ave, Idaho Falls!

❤ Sarah

P.s.  DISCLAIMER! Before taking a natural herb or supplememt to treat your allergies, consult with your allergy doctor before taking anything. Some herbs can have side effects with other herbs. They can also have potentially dangerous interactive effects when taken with other over the counter and prescription medicines.

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